By QUINT QUALLS
The route and stops for the second annual Spring Hill Art Walk, which will be held this Saturday afternoon, have been finalized.
All along Main Street, stretching from Duplex Road down to the Tennessee Children’s Home, 14 local businesses and churches will host art stops displaying the works of local artists.
The art walk begins at the Spring Hill Arts Center’s gallery at the corner of School Street and Duplex Road and continues to Ferguson Hall on the grounds of the Tennessee Children’s Home.
“We have both new and familiar artists showing at the art walk this year,” said organizer Arica Robinson. “And they are all amazing talents. Spring Hill is in for a real treat in September.”
Event will feature art, food, music, children’s activities
Artist Nathan Payne will also be selling caricatures of participants at the art walk. In addition, three well-known Spring Hill music groups plan to perform along the route of the art walk. Attendees can listen to the Spring Hill Orchestra and Pickin’ in the Park on the front lawn of Ferguson Hall, while Spring Hill’s HarMonix perform at Restoration Church.
Several local businesses and community groups will provide free children’s art activities.
Premier Chiropractic will host marble painting, Highpoint Church will put on bubble painting and the Spring Hill Parks and Recreation Department will have a graffiti art station.
Columbia Academy of Spring Hill will also set up a bulldog origami art activity and an instrument petting zoo, the Spring Hill Public Library will have a free children’s art activity using oil pastels and salad spinners and the local GFWC Spring Station Woman’s Club will have a coloring bookmarks children’s activity.
Local food vendors such as Brookman’s Fresh Catch Seafood and Smokery, the Spring Hill Bakery and Smokin’ Country also plan to serve attendees Saturday along the art walk route.
The Spring Hill Art Walk will run from 3-8 p.m. on Saturday. Parking is available along Main Street at the Spring Hill Church of Christ, Spring Hill United Methodist, Spring Hill Elementary School, Elite Physical Therapy and behind A Woman’s Touch Boutique. Spaces are also available on School Street at the Old Spring Hill High School and the Spring Hill Antique Mall, as well as on Depot Street at the Spring Hill Fresh office.
Art walk builds on successful inauguration last year
The Spring Hill Art Walk began last year when organizer Arica Robinson and her husband decided to start one in partnership with the Spring Hill Arts Center (SHAC) nonprofit. At the time, SHAC was just being revived.
Although the Arts Center has remained active in the community in some capacity, after the nonprofit’s venue on Old School Street shuttered due to fire code violations two years ago, the organization lost both its place to perform and its source of income. As a result, the SHAC executive board folded until it was revived last September.
“My husband and I have lived in Spring Hill for 12 years now,” Robinson said. “We would go to other cities and visit art walks, and we absolutely loved them. We kept thinking Spring Hill needs to do this. We love Main Street in Spring Hill, with its beautiful churches and history, and so we just kept saying it should be done and we guess we’re the ones to do it.”
The event has grown since its inauguration last year, with many more participating businesses and about double the amount of children’s activities provided by local groups and organizations.
For more information about the participating artists and to view samples of the work that will be on display, visit the art walk Facebook page.
Quint Qualls covers Spring Hill for Home Page Media Group. Reach him at email@example.com.